Can tics start, stop and change over time?

Can tics change over time

Tourette Syndrome affected me at a very early age. By the age of nine I was diagnosed with this neurological disorder after months of motor and vocal tics. Although Tourette Syndrome tends to first cause tics in childhood, tics can sometimes begin later in life. They may disappear in adulthood or be lifelong. The severity … Read more

Is Tourette Syndrome hereditary?

Is TS hereditary featured

Tics tend to run in families, and they certainly do in mine. However it seems there isn’t a gene that causes Tourette syndrome. I wanted to look into this, and found a very interesting quote from my childhood neurologist when I was diagnosed. My mum spoke about tics in the family when I was being … Read more

Sudden onset of tics

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It’s fascinating to learn about the sudden onset of tics so many people have experienced lately. Whether this is the pandemic, social media or something else entirely… it is something that needs a lot more research. I was diagnosed with Tourette’s as a kid, however during the pandemic I have seen an increase in my … Read more

Do people with Tourette enjoy having tics?

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Many Tourette sufferers live with a positive outlook on life. But as someone with Tourette, I can safely say it is not very enjoyable. Tourette often co-exists alongside other conditions. I have had tics my whole life. But because I don’t swear, many people aren’t aware it is Tourette Syndrome. Because of the swearing stereotype, … Read more

Parenting a child with Tourette Syndrome

Parenting a Child with TS

Learning that your child has Tourette Syndrome can be tough. Growing up with Tourette means that I have a very good understanding of what it is like for a child. I was nine when I was diagnosed, and tics were present throughout my teens, twenties and now thirties. Please note: I cannot give professional advice, … Read more

Can someone with Tourette’s hold a baby?

Can I hold a baby with TS

If you have a newborn, you may be hesitant to allow a friend or family member with tics to hold your baby. As a sufferer myself, I have certainly felt stressed with the responsibility. I fully understand that parents would have some concerns about this. In short, it is perfectly fine to allow most people … Read more

Can I be a doctor or surgeon if I have Tourette’s?

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Tics can cause problems for individuals, but doctors and surgeons have had successful careers with Tourette’s and tic disorders. Evidence can be found on the Tourette Association of America’s Debunking Myths and Misconceptions page. It is important to consider that Tourette and tic disorders vary from person to person, so this answer will be different … Read more

Can I drive with Tourette’s Syndrome?

Driving with TS

It took three attempts for me to pass my driving test. I don’t feel this was due to TS, as my tics when driving are fairly mild compared to other sufferers. However, I very much believe ADHD, OCD and anxiety played a part in my lack of focus, overthinking and panic. In the UK at … Read more

Having tics when gaming

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Video games are meant to be my chill time. But chill time is pretty hard to achieve with TS… And as is usually the case, the worst tics for that moment are ones that put me off my game. Although these tics have evolved since my N64 days, they still ruin gameplay. Topics covered: How … Read more